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Kietzman Receives Backlash Over Andy Reid Comments

“Kietzman’s comments generated plenty of negative reaction, including ESPN’s Louis Riddick who, like many, heard the audio and felt the Kansas City radio host crossed a line.”

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During the last year, the Kansas City Chiefs had multiple star players involved in off-field controversies, with Tyreek Hill being the most recent culprit.  On Monday, Kevin Kietzman, afternoon host on Kansas City’s Sports Radio 810 WHB, criticized Chiefs head coach, Andy Reid for his handling of the Tyreek Hill situation.  Kietzman, however, crossed a line according to many, when he brought Reid’s family into the conversation.

“The thing is, they probably think they can fix him, but they thought they could fix him before and they failed.  Andy Reid does not have a great record of fixing players, he doesn’t.  Discipline is not his thing, it did not work out particularly well in his family life and that needs to be added to this as we’re talking about the Chiefs.  He wasn’t real great at that either.  He’s had a lot of things go bad on him, family and players,” Kietzman said during his show.

In 2012, Andy Reid’s son, Garrett Reid, was found dead due to a heroin overdose.  Garrett battled addiction for years, spending time in jail for dealing drugs, while his brother Britt was also sentenced to time in prison on drug and weapon charges.  Kietzman never directly mentioned Garrett’s death and has since said it’s not what he was referring to when bringing Reid’s family into the Tyreek Hill discussion, but that was not clarified during the initial quote.  Kietzman later explained he made the point about Reid’s family because Andy’s sons were hired after being convicted drug dealers, which fits into the trend of attempting to “fix” players.  

Kietzman’s comments generated plenty of negative reaction, including ESPN’s Louis Riddick who, like many, heard the audio and felt the Kansas City radio host crossed a line.

Monday night, Kietzman went on Twitter to try and clarify his intentions, explaining that once Reid hired his sons, Garrett and Britt as assistants, they became public figures and discussing them is no longer a private matter.

Kietzman’s explanation is fair, but using Reid’s family as an example of the head coach attempting to “fix” people, when his son is deceased was bound to be met with controversy.  The radio host never directly connected the death of Garrett Reid to the head coach’s handling of players, but that didn’t stop the audience from interpreting it that way.

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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Jonathan Peterlin Takes Over Night Show On 92.3 The Fan

“”Being the guy that you turn on after a day of listening to Ken and Anthony or Andy and Jeff or Nick and Dustin is truly an honor and a privilege. I won’t take that for granted.””

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92.3 The Fan in Cleveland now has a permanent host for its nightly show in Jonathan Peterlin.

Peterlin wrote in a post for the Audacy station’s website on Tuesday that his show will be called Overtime with Jonathan Peterlin and will air each night starting at 7 p.m.

“This is a dream job,” he said. “Being the guy that you turn on after a day of listening to Ken and Anthony or Andy and Jeff or Nick and Dustin is truly an honor and a privilege. I won’t take that for granted.”

Peterlin had been the afternoon update anchor at 92.3 The Fan since 2016, even hosting on weekends and on a fill-in basis. Prior to that, he spent three years in a similar role at Yahoo Sports Radio.

He wrote that listeners in Cleveland will not need an introduction or reintroduction to who he is.

“You know me and I know you,” he said. “We’ve spent the past nearly 7 years getting to know each other on a daily basis…We were there for each other. Along the way I hope that I’ve earned your trust. Through the good times and the bad, the ups and the downs.”

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Layoffs Hit Pro Football Focus

“The reduction in workforce comes less than 18 months after securing a $50 million investment from Silver Lake.”

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Pro Football Focus has laid off 16 employees, according to a report from Front Office Sports.

The reduction in workforce comes less than 18 months after securing a $50 million investment from Silver Lake.

The company, which Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth owns a majority, still employs just over 200 people.

NFL reporter Doug Kyed was among the layoffs. Kyed had been at PFF since July 2021.

Additionally, 11 interns were also let go.

While PFF remains popular and profitable from a football analytics perspective, there had been a shift since the Silver Lake investment into attracting more sports betting and fantasy football customers. The FOS report indicated a chunk of the $50 million funding was used to develop an iPhone app.

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Laurence Holmes: Tim Jenkins Twitter Beef With Mike North Proves The Score Has Gotten Smarter

“Where now every show has a film guy. Like we’re not just out here just guessing. To a certain extent we are, but we go get confirmation and information from people who are smarter than us.”

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Former NFL quarterback Tim Jenkins had an interesting back and forth on Twitter with former 670 The Score host Mike North over Bears quarterback Justin Fields. Jenkins broke down a piece of film from Chicago’s game against Green Bay on Sunday, saying he didn’t agree with the notion that Fields doesn’t go through his progressions and is more of a runner.

North disagreed, saying wide receiver Dante Pettis was wide open on that particular play, and that Fields missed him.

Jenkins responded, saying North’s take was “not intellectually honest.”

In his weekly appearance on Bernstein & Holmes on The Score, Jenkins talked about the exchange not knowing North’s connection to the station.

“There’s a radio guy up there, Mike North, he was real mad,” Jenkins said. “And I tried to handle it gently because like listen, the first thing in his bio was he was born in 1952. And if my grand-pappy is on Twitter roasting somebody, I hope to handle them gently. And I tried to.”

Host Laurence Holmes said it was truly a meta moment for their show and the station. He talked about how having access to a guy like Jenkins is a sign the station, like many others have done across the country, have grown with the game.

“It speaks to the evolution of this radio station,” Holmes said. “Where now every show has a film guy. Like we’re not just out here just guessing. To a certain extent we are, but we go get confirmation and information from people who are smarter than us.”

The discussion turned to the evolution of the quarterback position in the NFL, and Holmes noted that there are some who just don’t recognize that the game has changed and called for a quarterback to be able to throw accurately but pick up yards and keep plays going with their legs.

“I’m here for the nuance, but people continue to ignore what is a trend,” Holmes said. “And I don’t mean that as a pejorative. The trend in the NFL is dual-threat quarterbacks. Look up and down the rosters.”

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